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For general help using the Library services:


Email us: library.enquiries@lse.ac.uk|

Call us: +44 (0) 20 7955 7229


or in person throughout the Library

Finding materials in the Library

Finding print materials

Search for materials in Library Search

When you have a book, journal or report that you need, note the collection name and classmark, e.g. Main Collection HB103 D45

Use the Library floor plans| to identify the correct floor - available to pick up in the Library and on the signage outside each lift 

For Main Collection books and periodicals, there is a simple rule:


  • A – HA Third floor
  • HB – JV Second floor
  • JX – Z First floor
Course Collection books are all on the ground floor - LSE staff and students only in term time.

Special collections such as Lakatos & Schapiro Collections, IGO or Government publications are marked on the relevant Library floor plan|. 

Closed access collections

The majority of the Library's collections are available on open access.

There are certain collections which due to their unique nature, size or rarity are located in on-site closed access storage, e.g. LSE PhD theses, Pamphlet collection.

Items can be identified through Library Search and include: 

  • Microform and microfilm 
  • Historical newspapers
  • Pamphlets (e.g. COLL.P, CHAT)
  • Reserve books -old editions 
  • Theses collection (LSE higher degree)
  • UN documents and  US Federal Government  documents - these are not included on Library Search - ask for advice on specialist fining tools.

Please complete a fetch request from at the Library Service Counter on the ground floor. Fetches are made at 11:00; 13:00 and 15:00.

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